Following the excitement of discovering my Mother & Daughter images, which were created from my abstract paintings, I’ve been experimenting with the hand-pulled prints that I made in 2014 and 2015, before I moved to Cornwall.
As a painter, I found it hard to transfer the fluidity and dynamism of gesture on canvas to the static environment of a small scale etching plate, but through the sugar-lift aquatint process it was possible to capture the essence of a brush stroke and retain a painterly approach to print-making. I experimented with various techniques including chine colle - a type of collage technique in which additional papers are laid on the plate prior to going through the press.
Unexpectedly, in 2018, these early prints have provided a rich seam of source material for new kaleidoscopic photographs, including Lode Star, Pulse Star, and Solaris. They are a natural extension of my interest in sacred geometry and compliment the innovative series, The Mothers And The Daughters, exhibited earlier in 2018 at Tremenheere Gallery in Penzance and Circle Contemporary in Wadebridge.
Traditional print making is a tried and tested but centuries-old technology, so it’s been fun to explore what’s possible in the digital era by manipulating the final images with current day technology. I’ve chosen to present these new digital c-prints on aluminium — a nod to the original metal plate on which they were first created.
You can catch them in person at Kober (Copper, ‘koh-bur’), the upcoming print exhibition that explores the process, properties, manufacture and history of copper at Heseltine Gallery at Truro School in Truro, Cornwall from 13 October - 8 December 2018.